This is the new official blog for the Utah Pottery Project's archaeological researchers. My name is Timothy Scarlett and I am the project director. I'm an Associate Professor in the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program in the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University.
The Utah Pottery Project is an informal confederation of scholars and researchers interested in the lives, works, and histories of Utah's 19th-century immigrant potters. The pottery makers, including master potters and clay workers, mostly came to Utah as part of the immigration stream organized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often nicknamed "LDS" or "the Mormons"). I maintain a web site dedicated to the research project here:
My colleagues, students, and I are preparing for a major archaeological excavation this summer. We'll be digging at the site of the Davenport family pottery shop in Parowan, Utah. Once the dig is underway, we'll be making daily posts about our discoveries, trials, and tribulations. During the lead up to the excavation and associated public programing, I'll post details here as our plans evolve. There is already some information online at the website above and on Facebook, where you can 'friend' if you search for "Utah PotteryProject".
During the summer of 2005, Christopher Merritt and I did a small dig at the site of the Frederick Petersen Pottery in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can read the archive of that excavation blog here:
I am thrilled to have this blog up and running. I'm also very excited for this summer's research and the discoveries we'll make!
Timothy James Scarlett